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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1012] (49/688)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (341 folios). It was created in 1917. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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" Khaltaq "
[i.e., miscel
laneous de
SuL -S3ct :on.
Left bank of
the Diz
above and
close to
Kut 'Abdush
Husainlyeh, as
With the
Dailam sub
section above
150, all with
rifles but
none mount
100, all with
rifles, of
whom 60
are mounted.
100, all with
rifles but
none mount
They are said to own
200 buffaloes, 40O
cattle and 3,000
sheep and goats.
They are attached to
the Dailam sub-sec
tion above.
These are really a divi
sion of the Sarkhah
(Bani Lam), but at
present they hold
land under Shaikh
Haidar of the Kathir,
pay revenue through
him, and are attached
to the .Bait Karlm.
At times they have
lived under the pro
tection of Haidar'a
rival, Farhan Asad.
They own 100 camels,
100 cattle and 4,000
sheep and goats.
The Sa'abireh are at
tached to the Dailam
section above. They
are stated to possess
100 buffaloes, 200
cattle and 3,000
sheep and goats.
Besides the above, or perhaps included in them, are said to be a section called A1 Bu
Nassi who live at Hiddeh or Haddameh on the Diz and have 300 rifles.
The whole tribe may be estimated at 7,000 souls, of whom perhaps not more than-
1,000 have a fixed residence.
The senior member of the Ma'alleh section formerly commanded the obedience of the
whole tribe ; but at the present time two rival Shaikhs divide the Kathir between them.
Shaikh Farhan Asad is followed by the Bait Karlm sub-section and part of the Dailam
sub-section and has his headquarters at Dih Nau"; the village of Qal'eh Banut also belongs
to his party and, outside of the Kathir, the Miyanab Arabs of 'Abdun Nabi on the
Gargar, the A1 Bu Hamdan and Mahamid sections of the Bait Sa'ad, the Bait Sa'ad of
Saiyid H isan on the Gargar, and indeed the Bait Sa'ad generally, are his adherents.
The remainder and great majority of the Kathir upon the upper Diz, obey Shaikh Haidar,.
to whom the village of Qal'eh 'Abdush Shah belongs. Both chiefs are recognised by the
Persian Government, and the control of the country and tribesmen and the collection of
revenue is left entirely in their hands ; the total annual revenue demanded from the two
is said to be 4,725 Tumans, for the greater part of which Shaikh Haidar is responsible.
Shaikh Farhan Asad cultivates the friendship of the Shaikh of Muhammareh and his
sister is married to Karlm Khan, Faili Lur of 'Amleh Karlm Khan ; while Shaikh Haidar,
whose daughter is married to a chief of the Sagwand Lurs and who has himself a Sagwand
wife, is inclined to rely for support in difficulties on the Sagwands and indirectly on the

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Volume II of III of the Gazetteer of Arabia. The Gazetteer is alphabetically-arranged and this volume contains entries K through to R.

The Gazetteer is an alphabetically-arranged compendium of the tribes, clans and geographical features (including towns, villages, lakes, mountains and wells) of Arabia that is contained within three seperate bound volumes. The entries range from short descriptions of one or two sentences to longer entries of several pages for places such as Iraq and Yemen.

A brief introduction states that the gazetteer was originally intended to deal with the whole of Arabia, "south of a line drawn from the head of the Gulf of 'Aqabah, through Ma'an, to Abu Kamal on the Euphrates, and to include Baghdad and Basrah Wilayats" and notes that before the gazetteer could be completed its publication was postponed and that therefore the three volumes that now form this file simply contain "as much of the MSS. [manuscript] as was ready at the time". It further notes that the contents have not been checked.

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1 volume (341 folios)
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Foliation: This volume's foliation system is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio.

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